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Cable news outlet responds after Biden bashes the outlet for ‘wrong’ polls

CNN host Erin Burnett and data analyst Harry Enten responded to President Biden’s rejection of polls that show him trailing Trump in several battleground states, saying he “loved” them four years ago when he led them.

“The polling data has been wrong all along. You guys do a poll at CNN,” Biden told Burnett in an interview on CNN last week. “How many folks you have to call to get one response?”

“He doesn’t like the polls,” Burnett said in response to Biden’s comments. “Is he right or is it wishful thinking?”

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“He loved the polls four years ago when they showed him ahead,” Enten told Burnett. “These are the same polls now.” 

But Enten argued that polls can change drastically up and until November. 

“We still have six months until the election,” he said, citing polling data since 1972 that indicated “the average difference” between the polls six months before the presidential election and the “final result” was “six points,” a significant gap. 

He also claimed that polling for the battleground states showed major errors historically. 

“In the average battleground states, the polls were off six points since 1972,” Enten said, referring to surveys on battleground states. “In 2020, they were off five points.” 

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“So for talking about 1-, 2-point leads in these battleground states, the polls could be showing one thing and then the other person can certainly win,” he added. 

Biden’s claims about his dominance in the polls against Trump come despite a batch of recent surveys that increasingly show the incumbent president may be facing an uphill battle in November. 

Trump leads Biden in a head-to-head matchup in nearly every battleground state, including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan, according to polling from The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Siena College. 

Biden narrowly led Wisconsin in the survey.

The polls have spooked some senior Democrats, including former senior Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines.

“I’m not going to pretend these numbers are good, but… if the election were tomorrow, Joe Biden would probably not win,” Reines said.

Biden’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital

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Trump responds to Biden’s challenge of two debates as 2024 election heats up

Former President Trump accepted President Biden’s offer to debate him on television in June and September. 

After Trump said he was in, Biden said in a post on X that he “received and accepted an invitation” from CNN for a debate on June 27. 

“Over to you, Donald. As you said: anywhere, any time, any place,” Biden wrote. 

When asked for comment, Trump told Fox News Digital that he will accept and “will be there.” The Republican added that he is “looking forward to being in beautiful Atlanta.”

The proposal was initially outlined by the Biden-Harris campaign in a letter to the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday morning. It abandoned the decades-old tradition of three fall meetings organized by the debate commission. Trump afterward told Fox News Digital that he’d accept the timeline proposed by the incumbent Democrat. 

“Crooked Joe Biden is the worst debater I have ever faced – he can’t put two sentences together,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “Crooked is also the worst president in the history of the United States, by far.” 

Trump told Fox News Digital that “it is time for a debate to take place – even if it has to be held through the offices of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which are totally controlled by Democrats and who, as people remember, got caught cheating with me with debate sound levels.”

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“I’m ready to go,” Trump said. “The dates that they proposed are fine. Anywhere. Anytime. Any place. Let’s see if Joe can make it to the stand-up podium.”

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“The proposed June and early September dates are fully acceptable to me,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “I will provide my own transportation.”

In a letter obtained by Fox News Digital, the Biden-Harris campaign proposed that the first debate be in late June, after Trump’s New York criminal trial is likely to be over and after Biden returns from meeting with world leaders at the G-7 Summit. A second presidential debate would occur in September prior to the beginning of early voting. The campaign proposed a vice presidential debate to occur in late July after the Republicans nominate their vice presidential candidate.

The Biden-Harris campaign asked that the debates occur inside a TV studio, with microphones that automatically cut off when a speaker’s time limit elapses. The letter also asked that the debates involve just the two candidates and the moderator — without “an in-person audience with raucous” that Trump feeds on. 

They also want the debates without the participation of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. or other independent or third-party candidates. 

“Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020. Since then, he hasn’t shown up for a debate. Now he’s acting like he wants to debate me again. Well, make my day, pal,” Biden said in a video message shared earlier Wednesday morning. “I’ll even do it twice. So let’s pick the dates, Donald. I hear you’re free on Wednesdays.” 

Echoing his sentiments expressed to Fox News Digital, Trump also took to TRUTH Social in a post Wednesday. 

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“It’s time for a debate so that he can explain to the American People his highly destructive Open Border Policy, new and ridiculous EV Mandates, the allowance of Crushing Inflation, High Taxes, and his really WEAK Foreign Policy, which is allowing the World to ‘Catch on Fire.’ I am Ready and Willing to Debate Crooked Joe at the two proposed times in June and September,” Trump posted. “I would strongly recommend more than two debates and, for excitement purposes, a very large venue, although Biden is supposedly afraid of crowds – That’s only because he doesn’t get them. Just tell me when, I’ll be there. ‘Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!’” 

Trump on Saturday appeared before a crowd of tens of thousands on the Jersey Shore in the deep-blue state. The campaign event was held in between Trump’s appearances in Manhattan Criminal Court. 

Caitlin Clark’s response to fellow WNBA star’s race remark goes viral

A number of women’s college basketball players have developed into household names long before they entered the WNBA draft. Caitlin Clark, the former Iowa Hawkeyes star and the current NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, is among the most well known. 

Fans have showed up and tuned in to see Clark even before she was selected first overall by the Indiana Fever in last month’s WNBA Draft. Her rise in stardom has undoubtedly contributed to the increased focus on women’s basketball. 

Clark believes that is a good thing, regardless of who is in the spotlight. 

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“I think there’s opportunities for every single player in women’s basketball,” Clark said at a press conference before her WNBA debut on Tuesday night. “I think the more opportunities we can give across the board, that’s what’s going to elevate women’s basketball.”

Her remarks were in response to a question about Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson, who recently told The Associated Press that she believes there is a race element tied into Clark’s popularity. 

“I think it’s a huge thing. I think a lot of people may say it’s not about Black and White, but to me, it is,” Wilson told the AP over the weekend. 

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“It really is because you can be top-notch at what you are as a Black woman, but yet maybe that’s something that people don’t want to see,” Wilson continued. “They don’t see it as marketable, so it doesn’t matter how hard I work. It doesn’t matter what we all do as Black women, we’re still going to be swept underneath the rug. That’s why it boils my blood when people say it’s not about race because it is.”

However, having all eyes on the WNBA is bigger than Clark herself. 

“It doesn’t need to be just one or two players, and I think that even goes back to college. The parity in women’s basketball is what’s making more people want to come watch it. I think the more we can spread the love, show people, show their talent, show their teams – that’s just going to continue to elevate it,” Clark said Tuesday. 

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“I think that’s the biggest thing. I’ve had a lot of fun being in the spotlight and helping grow this game and move it forward, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do. But I think I know firsthand how talented this league is, whether it was me as a young kid or whether it’s me now playing here… the more we can share the love, the better this league’s going to be.”

The Fever lost its season opener to the Connecticut Sun, 92-71, on Tuesday night. Before her first professional sell-out crowd, Clark dropped 20 points but had 10 turnovers in a game where the Sun forced 25 total. 

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HGTV star surprises fans with cheeky video featuring wife and ex-wife

Tarek El Moussa clearly has a type.

In a recent TikTok video he posted to his account, his wife, Heather Rae El Moussa, and his ex-wife, Christina Hall, can be seen joking about the fact that the two women look very similar.

The video starts off with Heather and Hall standing next to each other in matching black tops paired with high-waisted blue jeans, both with rips in the knees, and with their hair styled almost exactly the same way.

“Hi I’m Christina,” Heather says at the start of the video.

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“Hi I’m Heather,” Hall then says.

Heather then tells Hall, “Wait no, that’s not right.” Hall quips, “Must be all that bleach,” referencing their hair, dyed the same shade of blonde.

The video then pans out to show Tarek sitting on a patio chair, as he looks to the camera saying, “Well, I guess it is confusing.”

Tarek and Hall were married from 2009 to 2018, continuing to co-host the hit HGTV show, “Flip or Flop,” together following their breakup until it came to an end in 2022. The former couple also share two children, daughter Taylor and son Brayden.

Since their divorce, Hall welcomed her son Hudson with her second husband, Ant Anstead, and is currently married to her third husband, Joshua Hall. Tarek went on to marry Heather in 2021, and they recently welcomed their son Tristan.

During an interview on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” in April 2024, Tarek went into detail about his marriage to Hall, and why he chose to write his memoir, “Flip Your Life: How to Find Opportunity in Distress – in Real Estate, Business, and Life.”

“I felt like I had to be honest,” he told Hudson. “The only way to tell the real story is to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It was my time to share what I went through. In a lot of ways, it was an apology to my family, to my ex-wife, to my children, to my mom, to my dad, kind of to everybody.”

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In the book, he described the last time he and Hall were together with their children as a family. He wrote about leaving his house following a fight with Hall, only to be approached by police officers and later finding out it was Hall who called them.

Just six months after the incident, the couple publicly announced their split.

“What really broke me was my divorce,” Tarek told Hudson, explaining he was also going through health issues and addiction struggles at the time. “That was exponentially more difficult than every issue in my entire life put together, but somehow I got through it.”

Top US official roasted for playing guitar at bar in war-torn country

As the war in Ukraine rages on, the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced online backlash from conservatives for playing guitar at a bar in Kyiv.

A video went viral on Tuesday of Blinken playing Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” with a band called 19.99.

“I know this is a really, really difficult time,” Blinken told the audience present. “Your soldiers, your citizens, particularly in the northeast in Kharkiv, are suffering tremendously. But they need to know, you need to know, the United States is with you, so much of the world is with you.”

The audience in the bar may have cheered him on, but back home some conservatives cringed at the display as Kharkiv is under attack and the Israel-Gaza war rages.

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“Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is playing guitar at a bar in Kyiv after going to Ukraine and pledging them American tax dollars until the end of time,” State Freedom Caucus Network’s Greg Price wrote.

“Nothing to see here. Just Secretary of State Antony Blinken partying at a bar in Ukraine after delivering them another $80 BILLION,” video journalist Nick Sortor wrote. “These people hate us.”

“Secretary of State Anthony Blinken playing guitar in Ukraine while the world burns,” pro-Trump influencer Brick Suit wrote. “We gave them $80 billion and he got a gig in a bar.”

“As I have said a hundred times before…. there are too many failed theatre kids/actors/musicians in politics,” former “The View” co-host Meghan McCain wrote.

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“How is this real life?” commentator Dave Rubin asked.

The New York Times wryly noted Young’s song was hardly a “rah rah” anthem about the United States.

“Critics might question the song choice: the Canadian-born Mr. Young is no American nationalist, and the song’s lyrics are cutting about the state of an America with young mothers addicted to drugs, and mocked President George H.W. Bush’s promise of a ‘kinder, gentler’ nation,” a Times report stated.

However, it added the fact it went viral was something of a coup for the State Department after Blinken’s earlier speech after support for Ukraine going forward was “something less than a hit on social media.”

The Washington Post reported that diplomats thought that despite the timing of the music, it would “still drive home the Biden administration’s support for Ukraine in its struggle against the Kremlin,” according to an anonymous official.

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“So anyway, here’s Wonderwall,” radio host Dana Loesch joked about it.

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“Could Biden’s foreign policy be any more embarrassing?” Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz., asked.

“We’re not a serious country anymore,” conservative social media account ForAmerica wrote.

Fox News’ Julia Johnson contributed to this report.

My experience as an NYC juror means the unthinkable could happen in NY v Trump

Having served on three Manhattan juries, I would not be surprised if the 12 men and women hearing New York vs. Donald J. Trump acquitted him of all charges. 

During two civil actions and one criminal case, my fellow jurors were serious, professional and movingly civic-minded. A quiet, solemn patriotism infused our deliberations. Several jurors said that we should respect the justice system because, someday, we might need it to respect us. 

My first case was a medical-malpractice lawsuit involving a botched abortion. We empathized with a woman wounded by her doctors, but her lawyer did not prove negligence. So, we backed her physicians. 

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“But we’ve got to give her something,” one juror insisted. 

Others instantly rebuked him. 

“That’s not how it works!” one said. “I feel sorry for her, too,” another admitted. “But her lawyer never made her case.” 

So, we sent the plaintiff home without a penny. 

Next, we deliberated intensely for almost three days before concluding that a Harlem drug counselor never demonstrated his defamation-of-character claim against his employers. My sympathetic pleas went unheeded, and he left empty-handed. 

Finally, in her closing argument, a criminal prosecutor displayed a CD-ROM of a police dispatcher’s “Be on the lookout” announcement after an armed robbery. When we asked the judge to play that recording, he told us that it was not in evidence.  

Disgusted by this prosecutorial deception, we instantly and angrily acquitted the defendants. Minutes later, as foreman, I proudly announced our verdict in court. 

These three cases confirm that Manhattan juries are sober and perfectly capable of fairness. 

This is good news for Trump. 

A jury of level-headed Manhattanites would appreciate these facts that verify the profound vacuity and fundamental unfairness of District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “case” against Trump: 

  • An April 25, 2023, US Justice Department Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Election Commission leaves Bragg powerless to prosecute this matter. “The Department has exclusive jurisdiction over criminal enforcement of the federal campaign finance laws,” the memorandum states. “The Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over civil enforcement,” the memo also says. Nowhere does this federal rule grant local prosecutors authority to enforce federal election laws. Thus, Bragg’s case is a shack built atop a cloud of helium.
  • Bragg indicted Trump on April 4, 2023, four months after the statute of limitations expired on the corresponding Class E felonies.
  • Bragg skirted the statute of limitations by claiming that Trump falsified business records to commit a second violation. After three weeks of this trial, that second crime remains a mystery.
  • Prosecutors described a “catch-and-kill scheme” through which the National Enquirer bought the rights to stories that might embarrass Trump and then buried them. Rather than a plot to influence the 2020 election, the Enquirer routinely caught and killed stories about Trump and other newsmakers, including former Obama Chief of Staff and current Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg, and golf star Tiger Woods. More important, “catch and kill” might be dodgy, but it is not illegal.
  • Former nude thespian Stormy Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement promising quietude about consensual sex that Trump and, at various times, Daniels deny ever sharing. NDAs are perfectly legal. I have signed at least three (while dressed), and non-disclosure language has appeared in numerous contracts I have endorsed. Confidential out-of-court settlements operate similarly and legally.

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  • Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen paid Daniels to clam up about her alleged intimacy with Trump. Again, sex or no sex, it is legal to pay people to ignore journalists (although buying silence before law enforcement is obstruction of justice).
  • Trump’s checks allegedly reimbursed Cohen for payments to Daniels. It is perfectly legal for a client to repay his attorney funds advanced in a lawful transaction.
  • Bragg claims that Trump should have paid for this private matter with campaign cash. That would have been illegal. Instead, Trump legally used his own money. Trump faces 34 counts of alleged falsification of business records because his bookkeepers posted ledger entries for checks to Cohen as “legal expenses.” Would Bragg prefer false descriptions like “plumbing supplies” or “marble tiles?” Trump faces prison for reporting legal expenses as “legal expenses,” which is legal.

With 48% of registered voters telling Reuters-Ipsos last month that Trump’s Kafkaesque cases are “excessive and politically motivated” (41% disagree) even a Manhattan jury could scrap Bragg’s contraption. 

My memories of jury duty, including within the Stalinesque building in which Trump is being persecuted, tell me that deliberating jurors could think, “I won’t vote for Trump. But I cannot convict him beyond a reasonable doubt in a shaky case about actions that are lurid, but legal.  

Former nude thespian Stormy Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement promising quietude about consensual sex that Trump and, at various times, Daniels deny ever sharing. NDAs are perfectly legal. I have signed at least three (while dressed), and non-disclosure language has appeared in numerous contracts I have endorsed. Confidential out-of-court settlements operate similarly and legally.

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If just one juror agrees, this case will end with a hung jury. A second trial would be unlikely before Election Day. 

And if “lurid, but legal” reflects the opinions of 12 of my fellow Manhattanites – who tend to be tough, but fair – then former President Donald J. Trump will be acquitted on all charges and go back where he belongs: The campaign trail.  

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WNBA star’s message to league after Caitlin Clark gets to fly private for season opener

While Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever were seen flying on a chartered plane to their season opener against the Connecticut Sun, not every team in the WNBA did so prior to the start of the 2024 campaign. 

Chicago Sky 2024 draft pick Angel Reese hopes it is the last time she flies commercially. 

Reese posted a selfie on her Instagram account on a flight to Dallas, where the Sky are facing the Wings on Tuesday night. She was very direct with her caption. 

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“Just praying that this is one of the last commercial flights the Chicago Sky has to fly,” she wrote. “Like Breezy [Sky teammate Brianna Turner] said, ‘Practicing gratitude & patience as the league introduces charter flights for all teams.’”

It has long been a hot debate topic for the WNBA, as it was previously not allowed for teams to charter their teams to away games. 

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New York Liberty owner Joe Tsai, who also owns the Brooklyn Nets, was fined by the league in 2022 for providing his team with charter flights. The reasoning for the fine was it went against the league’s collective bargaining agreement, which said it could provide a potential unfair competitive advantage for teams that could not afford charters. 

As such, WNBA teams have primarily flown commercially, and sometimes that means entire days traveling across the country. However, heading into the last season, the league expanded its charter flight policy, allowing private flights for all postseason games, back-to-back games and select regular-season games.

Now, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a meeting with sports editors last week that the league will launch its plan to have full-time chartered flights for its teams “as soon as we can get planes in places.”

Engelbert added that the projected cost for the chartered plane program will be around $25 million per year for the next two seasons. 

Player safety has always been the concern for commercial flights, which is what the WNBA has used since its inception in 1997. It made national headlines, though, when Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner was released from a Russian prison in a controversial exchange with United States officials. 

Six months after the exchange, Griner was targeted by “inappropriate and unfortunate” actions of a “social media figure and provocateur” at a Dallas airport. Alex Stein walked beside Griner and asked why she “hates” and “still want[s] to boycott” America, while she was walking alongside her teammates. 

Griner later called it “rock bottom” for the WNBA.

Many WNBA players have voiced their opinions about commercial flights, including Clark, who said it would have been “an adjustment.”

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Like Reese said, she will try to practice gratitude and patience while waiting for the WNBA to institute its new program. She clearly hopes it comes sooner rather than later. 

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Hiker vanishes while scaling the tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 23-year-old hiker has vanished while scaling the tallest peak inside Rocky Mountain National Park, officials say. 

Lucas Macaj of Colorado Springs was last heard from early Sunday afternoon “when he texted a friend indicating that he was on the summit” of the 14,259 ft. Longs Peak, according to the National Park Service. 

The NPS says “significant storms moved through high elevations in the park” later that day and Macaj’s vehicle was still parked the following morning at the Longs Peak Trailhead after being reported missing Sunday night. 

The search for Macaj has been ongoing, but it was “hampered by strong winds, white-out conditions and low visibility” on Tuesday, the park said. 

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Park officials say the search has included usage of “heat sensing fixed-wing flight and ground teams on the Longs Peak Trail to the Ledges on the Keyhole Route. 

“Search efforts have also taken place on the Boulder Brook Trail,” the NPS adds. “Air reconnaissance has focused on the Keyhole Route including The Ledges, The Trough, The Narrows, The Homestretch and the saddle between Longs Peak and Mount Meeker. Park rangers are also continuing investigations.” 

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Authorities describe Macaj as being 5-feet 9-inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. 

“He is likely wearing a dark colored top, tan or brown pants, khaki-colored boots, and a black backpack,” the NPS said. “He may also be wearing a beanie and dark colored gloves.” 

Macaj was trying to summit Longs Peak by way of the Keyhole Route when he vanished. 

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In a description of the mountain, the NPS warns that “The Keyhole Route can experience winter-like conditions at any time, requiring greater skill and judgment” and to “Be prepared to turn back during sudden, drastic weather changes.” 

Marvel star slams fellow actors for bashing superhero franchise after box office fail

Chris Hemsworth will not mince words. He cannot stand an opportunist, many of who he seems to feel lurk within the depths of Hollywood.

For nearly 15 years, Marvel Cinematic Universe films have dominated the box office, often luring audiences in with a star-studded ensemble cast and a big budget. Hemsworth is one of those stars, reprising his role as Thor in eight movies.

However, in recent years, Marvel movies have not been generating as much buzz or culling as large of an audience to the box office. Actors who have starred in the superhero flicks have even criticized their own work, years after it was released. Examples include Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale.

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Hemsworth does not like that. “It’s, like, ‘They’re films that are successful — put me in one. Oh, mine didn’t work? I’ll bash them,'” he told The Sunday Times.

“Look, I grew up on a soap opera.” Hemsworth shared of his early days on the Aussie soap, “Home and Away.” “And it used to bother me when actors would later talk about the show with guilt or shame. Humility goes a long way. One of the older actors on ‘Home and Away’ said, ‘We don’t get paid to make the good lines sound good, but to make the bad ones work.’ That stuck with me.”

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“But hey, it’s all a lesson,” he told the Times, addressing his own body of work. “If I ever went back to [Thor] I’d wonder how we could change it again. But there is a superhero curse in the sense you get pigeonholed, and I’ve felt a little hamstrung with what I could do, so desperately wanted something to scare the s— out of me. And ‘Furiosa’ did,” he said of his upcoming film with Tom Hardy and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Hemsworth’s last Marvel film was the 2022 feature, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which, per Forbes, grossed around $750 million worldwide, a picture he thought “got a bit jokey. Too improv.”

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However, Marvel’s own stars are not the only ones ripping the franchise. Esteemed directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have also torched the great collective.

“It felt harsh,” Hemsworth admitted. “And it bothers me, especially from heroes. It was an eye-roll for me, people bashing the superhero space. Those guys had films that didn’t work too — we all have. When they talked about what was wrong with superheroes, I thought, cool, tell that to the billions who watch them. Were they all wrong?”